Elected Experience: President of the United States (current); elected U.S. Senator in 2004; elected Illinois State Senator in 1996.
Other Professional Experience: Community organizer; Civil Rights Lawyer; Constitutional law professor
Education: Columbia University, B.A.; Harvard Law School, J.D.
Community Service: President Obama has devoted his career to public and community service. Beyond his legislative and political record, he worked as a community organizer, aiding local churches to rebuild communities in Chicago devastated by steel plant closings. He later directed one of the largest voter registration drives in Illinois history.
Elected Experience: Vice President of the United States (current); U.S. Senator; New Castle County Councilman (Delaware)
Other Professional Experience: Attorney; Constitutional law professor
Education: B.A., University of Delaware; J.D., Syracuse University Law School
Community Service: Throughout his career in public service, Vice President Biden has been a strong advocate for public and community service initiatives, including programs supporting veterans and military families, as well as longstanding efforts to combat violence against women, including dating violence, in schools and on college campuses.
Over the last few decades, middle-class security had been slipping away for families who worked hard and played by the rules. Wages stagnated while costs soared. Fewer employers offered retirement and health benefits. College tuition costs skyrocketed. Then the Wall Street and housing market crashes cost 8.8 million jobs and sent the economy into a deep recession.
From day one, President Obama took immediate action to put Americans back to work, stopping the bleeding and reversing the trend. He also began laying the foundation for a real recovery that has strong roots and a job-creating economy that's built to last.
We are now at a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and the President knows that we must respond by restoring the basic values of balance and fairness that made our country great.
President Obama believes Americans should be able to earn enough to raise a family, send their kids to school, own a home and put enough away to retire. That can happen only when hard work pays off, responsibility is rewarded, and when everybody plays by the same rules, does their fair share and has a fair shot at success.
We need an economy built to last and built from the middle class out, not the top down. That's why the President's plan invests in education, innovation, infrastructure and home-grown American energy, and it reforms our tax code to help create American jobs and responsibly reduce the deficit in a balanced way by asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share again.
We can't afford to go back to the same failed policies that crashed our economy and devastated the middle class. We have to move forward.